Quarry Bank and the Women's Institute

Silhouette of Elizabeth Pankhurst with the Manchester WI logo

In preparation for the A Woman's Work is Never Done exhibition, the team at Quarry Bank spoke with the Manchester Women’s Institute to gain insight into what work means to the modern woman.

"It's been fantastic for Manchester WI to be involved in this exhibition. Delving into Quarry Bank's archives, we were inspired by the stories of the women who worked at the mill. Our members then created postcards of what work means for them today. Work is such a big part of our lives and we've enjoyed reflecting on that and showing the diversity of work in contemporary women's lives. A common theme of our members' artwork seems to be that of balance – making sure that we meet obligations of employment, commitments to friends and family, and also looking after our own wellbeing. This reflects that women's work is broader than employment and that balancing those occupations is itself work. We'd love it if the installation provoked questions around the diverse nature of work, the sectors women work in, and how women's work is valued." Rachel Jones, Manchester WI


What does women’s work mean to you? Why not draw your own postcard and share it with us @QuarryBankNT